Welsh Corgi Pembroke

Other names: Corgi, Pembroke Welsh Corgi

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The Welsh Corgi Pembroke is a low-legged dog, with a sturdy build and rather compact. This fox-like dog is lighter and smaller than its close cousin, the Welsh Corgi Cardigan.



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Hair type Half-long
Origin Britain
Template Small
Head shape Triangular
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 10 kg to 12 kg From 25 cm to 30 cm
Male From 10 kg to 13 kg From 25 cm to 30 cm
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History of the breed

Queen Elizabeth II of England contributed to the popularity of this breed by breeding several specimens. She fell in love after being offered 2, named Dookie and Jane , during her childhood. It was in 1934 that the English Kennel Club officially established the distinction between the Welsh Corgi Pembroke and the Cardigan.

The breed was definitively recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) on November 13, 1963.

Welsh Corgi Pembroke Pictures

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Physical features

His coat: medium length, straight, fairly hard in texture and associated with a dense undercoat.
Its color: red, charred fawn, fawn, black and tan. With or without white markings on limbs, chest and neck
His head: reminiscent of a fox. The skull is quite broad and flat, the stop moderately marked, the nose black, the muzzle tapering off, the jaws strong and articulated in scissors.
Its ears: medium in size, smaller than those of the Welsh Corgi Cardigan, erect, slightly rounded.
Her eyes: round, moderately large, brown in color to match that of the dress, displaying a lively and intelligent expression.
His body: of medium length, slightly spindle when seen from above. The top line is horizontal, the chest wide and high, the ribs well sprung.
Its tail: rather short, carried above the topline when the dog is awake or in action.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Welsh Corgi Pembroke is a dog full of liveliness and boldness , showing great aptitude for work . He can be wary of strangers. But, sociable and friendly, he remains a pleasant companion who is never fearful or aggressive. He is capable of the best stupid things, because he is not really afraid of anything.

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The Welsh Corgi Pembroke needs a firm education in order to impose limits on it that must not be crossed, especially with regard to its hierarchical position vis-à-vis its owner . It is therefore a question of not letting his dominant character gain the upper hand, but while treating him with gentleness and respect. Its socialization must also be early and as complete as possible. He remains very obedient thanks to his taste for work.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Welsh Corgi Pembroke adapts to all living conditions as long as it is given the necessary care and has enough possibilities to exercise. It will adapt as much to the city as to the countryside. His favorite land is still a fenced garden where he can move around at will.


Ease of gaining weight

The Welsh Corgi Pembroke is a generally healthy dog . Its double coat gives it a fairly good protection against the cold and bad weather. However, the breed has a predisposition to certain diseases , including the following: generalized retinal atrophy (degeneration of the retina), herniated disc, epilepsy, hip dysplasia, Von Willebrand disease (blood clotting disorder).

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 6 and 7 puppies

Major concerns
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Hip dysplasia
Elbow dysplasia
Herniated disc
Willebrand disease
Minor concerns
Muscular dystrophy
Degenerative myelopathy
Persistent ductus arteriosus (PCA)
Elhers Danlos Syndrome
Occasional concerns
Patella dislocation
Suggested tests

To protect you from these risks and insure your companion in case of health problems, Woopets recommends a Welsh Corgi Pembroke dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 11 years old

Maximum: 13 years

The life expectancy of a Welsh Corgi Pembroke is, on average, between 11 years and 13 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Welsh Corgi Pembroke is a dog whose maintenance is not particularly tedious . Brushed regularly, especially during the moulting period, it thus preserves the beauty of its hair. Adding fish oil or brewer’s yeast to her diet can contribute to good health and appearance of her coat.

It is recommended to brush the dog 2-3 times a week and wash it occasionally . During the moulting period (spring and autumn), brushing becomes daily.

His ears should be checked weekly to make sure there are no traces of dirt or infection. Clean his outer ears with a cotton ball soaked in a neutral pH ear product. If he does not wear them out naturally, cut his nails to prevent them from being too long, which can cause pain and discomfort. If you are new to this, it is recommended that you seek advice from a veterinarian. Finally, brushing your teeth eliminates the build-up of tartar and the proliferation of bacteria.

Price and budget

Purchase price

800 €
1300 €

The purchase price of a Welsh Corgi Pembroke is between € 800 and € 1,300.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 600
800 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Welsh Corgi Pembroke is between € 600 and € 800.

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It is recommended that you feed your Welsh Corgi Pembroke high quality kibble . Its food is to be divided into 2 meals per day . To prevent him from being overweight, to which he can be easily prone, be sure to carefully control the amount of food he consumes.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

Long selected for its ability to work, the Welsh Corgi Pembroke needs to stay active and be stimulated . However, certain exercises should be avoided , such as climbing stairs . A long daily walk accompanied by a good game session is enough to satisfy him in this regard.

Famous Welsh Corgi Pembroke Breed Dogs

Susan: This is the Corgi offered Elizabeth II on the occasion of his 18th birthday. Susan becomes his faithful 4-legged companion. The little dog even followed her owner on Elizabeth and Philipp ‘s private yacht on their honeymoon in 1947. The Queen of England’s Corgis are descended from Susan . The last of the line, Willow , died in 2018.

Rasemotte : this is the name of the Welsh Corgi Pembroke offered to President Charles de Gaulle by Queen Elizabeth II . The canine, to which Charles de Gaulle was very attached, did not reside at the Élysée, but at the domain of La Boisserie (Marne), with Grigri , a Chartreux. It was his only dog during his tenure.


Classifications & Standards
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club
(KC) The Kennel Club
(NZKC) New Zealand Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club


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– Active: the owner must be energetic and dynamic to live in harmony with his dog.
– Hyperactive: the owner must be stimulating and very restless to suit the temperament of his dog.”>

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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 1: Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs)

Recognized by FCI

Since 1963


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